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By Ian Dipple Tuesday 21 January 2014 Updated: 24/01 08:59
REDDITCH'S MP has hailed the proposals for the Alexandra Hospital as a chance to put it on a sustainable footing for years to come.
Karen Lumley told the Standard if the financial case behind the clinical recommendations could be proved it would guarantee investment and security of services at the Woodrow Drive site into the future.
"This is a far better deal than we could have hoped for two years ago and it just shows how if people stick together and carry on fighting for what they believe is right for the people of Redditch we can get that," she said.
"It's good news the panel has recognised we need a 24 hour emergency centre and we have some joined up thinking with the GP centre in the same place.
"I'm thrilled to bits urology is staying and the Alex will become a centre of excellence for orthopaedics as that means there will have to be more investment into the site to ensure there are facilities that can lead us into the next few years.
"The most important thing for me is to ensure the Alex is sustainable for years to come. We don't want to be doing this again in two to three years time. I believe if the business case stacks up, we have got a deal which is sustainable."
She added she was disappointed by the decision to rule out the Birmingham option but understood the reasons behind it and was also concerned by the loss of the consultant led maternity unit but said if it could not be provided safely then she did not want people put at risk.
"If it's the case nationally we can't provide the doctors to staff it safely then that's the way it is and there's no point hiding behind anything," she said.
"What we need to keep pushing for, not just in Redditch but across the country, is enough people are being trained now that can provide a service for the future.
"It's important those women who want to go to Birmingham can and those who want to go to Worcester can so they have a choice and I'll be monitoring that very closely."
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